Helen's Tower

Coordinates: 54°37′21″N 5°41′40″W / 54.62255°N 5.694574°W / 54.62255; -5.694574

Helen's Tower lies in the woods of the Clandeboye Estate in Bangor, Northern Ireland. The tower was commissioned by Lord Dufferin of Clandeboye, designed by Scottish architect William Burn and completed in October 1861. The tower was named in honour of Dufferin's mother, Helen Selina Blackwood, the Lady Dufferin.

A close replica of Helen's Tower, the Ulster Tower, was built at Thiepval in 1921 to honour the men of the 36th (Ulster) Division who fell at the Battle of the Somme. Clandeboye Estate was used for army training by the 36th (Ulster) Division during the First World War.

At least two poems have been written with Helen's Tower as the subject; one by Alfred Lord Tennyson and the other by Robert Browning. A verse from Tennyson's poem, "Helen's Tower" is reproduced below:

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  • josh andrews
    josh andrews commented
    very nice building, enjoyable walk to get to the location through forest and near a nice golf course.
    about 6 years ago via Mobile